The health sector plays a central role in communicating, preventing and following up on the effects of the climate and environmental crisis. Therefore, the inclusion of the topic of climate change and Planetary Health in education, training and continuing education in all health professions must be ensured. To contribute to this, the Planetary Health Academy was founded in spring 2020 by KLUG – German Climate Change and Health Alliance and Health For Future.

Our team:


As a pedagogue and adult educator, Marischa Fast worked with general practitioners for many years in order to establish high-quality further training. Her main focus is the shaping of group processes, consulting and the conception of teaching and advanced training events. At KLUG, she is now connecting her expertise with a matter of heart: designing educational processes about transformation and planetary health.


Friederike von Gierke worked as an anaesthesiologist, until she decided to put all her effort into socio-political change. At KLUG, she is part of the projects Planetary Health Academy and Sustainable Practice. She contributes her experience from the current reform of medical studies as well as from the public relations work of a climate justice group and combines her personal core topics of communication and climate with her medical expertise.


Founder and chair of the German Climate Change and Health Alliance – KLUG.  Martin Herrmann has accompanied transformational change processes in global health and commercial contexts for more than 30 years. A doctor by training, he soon started to advise companies and NGOs, creating new concepts for organizational development. Today he teaches at international business schools and universities. He is especially passionate about linking complexity science and Hannah Arendt’s political philosophy to the transformational challenges of our time.


Theresa Gemke is a medical student from Mainz. She spends a lot of her free time to engage in climate and environmental activism, especially with Fridays for Future and Health for Future. Since 2021 she is part of the Planetary Health Academy Team.


Jennifer Linkmeyer is a trained physiotherapist and studies this discipline in the interdisciplinary degree program Occupational Therapy / Logopedics / Physiotherapy in Hildesheim. As part of this, she has also completed a minor in Global Health in Amsterdam.
She is involved with the Physios for Planetary Health and co-founded the Health for Future local group in Hildesheim. She joined the Planetary Health Academy team in February 2022.

The Planetary Health Academy is supported by

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